The pound is already at historic lows today Phil, gee great job on that front. Scottish independence just re-ignited, same for Northern Ireland.
All very unfortunate. I suspect the currency will recover most of its value fairly quickly, although I'm happy to have done so much writing for US publications in the last few months, which is paid in USD!
The Scottish separatism thing was always going to come up at some point. My view is that if they want to go they should go and stop whining about it, but nothing good can come of it. The reality is that it's nowhere near affordable - it never was, and that's even more the case now. If they're daft enough to go for it, I'd view that as a great pity and a loss to both parties.
And I fail to see how being outside the EU and not having free access to a much bigger market than the UK has will be of economic benefit to the UK?
That's what I've started to call the Richard Branson argument, which is that he doesn't want to pay import duty and that he's been "able to become an entrepreneur thanks to Europe." Even if that were true - and it's plenty dubious - that's great for Branson. It has absolutely no impact on me. Everyone knows a rock star, yes? The reason I can't start building and exporting goods is because of the enormous costs of getting set up, and because I'd get crushed by China, which the EU cannot protect anyone from.
What happens if the EU decides to cut the import of cars made in the UK by 50%?
The EU can't do that, at least not directly. EU-based customers of UK manufacturers could do that, but again, it depends on the deal that emerges. If the deal makes UK products very expensive, it may be quite bad, although we're hardly a world-leading exporter of manufactured goods as it is. Because we've been crushed by China. Which is not an EU state. So what does it matter?
I understand that the vote was driven largely by anger at politicians who give off the impression that they don't listen to the people of the UK, particularly on immigration.
Immigration is a sideshow. Immigration from outside the EU is larger than from within it. I agree that this was why the referendum went the way it did, but you could never have made the referendum go the other way by somehow solving immigration, because immigration was never really a serious problem. There are questions to answer about it, but it's always been a sideshow.
And now my UK passport will only be effective for work in the UK, the rest of Europe will be closed off to me, and every other British citizen
If EU membership had facilitated work in places where I speak the language and where there is work I'm interested in, such as Canada, Australia or the USA, I'd agree. It didn't. However, I'm not going to lose much sleep over my inability to go and work in Poland. As I've pointed out before, the language problem makes freedom of movement largely theoretical for most Brits. 51% of EU adults speak English. It is the world's most popular second language. This was always going to make freedom of movement a very one-sided affair and the net effect of ending it is likely to be positive, even if it happens as you describe, which is far from certain.
I am unhappy about the bad feeling, the erosion of trust and cooperation, that the situation provokes. As to the EU itself, it was always built on highly dubious principles, poorly run, lacking in democratic principle and operating way beyond its mandate. The arrogance was breathtaking. Ultimately, I like the bad party metaphor. If you're at a party and the people there clearly dislike you, don't have much in common with you, and if you aren't enjoying the music, you don't sit there and moan about it. You might suggest putting some different music on, but if they still aren't going for it, clearly you're in the wrong place.
At that point, you politely make your excuses and leave.
Edit - well, hang on a second, I didn't say I particularly liked the situation!